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Kathmanblu, 'Dreams on course for Ashland
Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman is anticipating a field of eight three-year-old fillies for Saturday's 74th running of the Ashland, the first of the meet's four Grade 1 races.
Topping the list of probables is Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables' KATHMANBLU (Bluegrass Cat), a four-time stakes winner trained by Ken McPeek. Scheduled to arrive at Keeneland on Wednesday, Kathmanblu worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
McPeek, who won the 2002 Ashland with Take Charge Lady, has saddled Kathmanblu to three consecutive victories, highlighted by an 8 1/2-length score in the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs to close out 2010. Kathmanblu also won the Jessamine here last fall.
Others expected to contest the Ashland include the John Oxley-owned duo of DANCINGINHERDREAMS (Tapit) and DELIGHTFUL MARY (Limehouse). Dancinginherdreams is trained by John Ward and stabled at Churchill Downs, while Mark Casse trains Delightful Mary, who is stabled at Keeneland.
The remaining Ashland probables are Right Time Racing's BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley), G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s GRAND STYLE (Giant's Causeway) and Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's WYOMIA (Vindication), all of whom are stabled at Keeneland, plus Mr. and Mrs. David Randal's DRAW IT (Tapit) and Michael Tabor's EXCITED (Giant's Causeway).
Entries for the 1 1/16-mile Ashland will be taken Wednesday.